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Coffee Doesn’t Count as Breakfast

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Equestrians are busy people, especially when we’re trying to add in additional workouts on top of our normal riding days (plus jobs, families, etc, etc.). A typical morning is usually scheduled with enough time to get ready and make coffee, or get ready but leave the house with enough time to grab coffee on the way to wherever we’re going. Even though coffee help hydrate you, it definitely doesn’t count as breakfast. You need more than just caffeine and water to keep your body fueled for the day.

Breakfast is “the most important meal of the day.” We’ve heard that a thousand times. But do we actually understand what it means? It’s easy to forget that, between dinner or a bedtime snack and the time you wake up, generally, 8 – 12 hours have passed. That’s 8 – 12 hours of your body breaking down your blood glucose levels and zap the energy out of you, which is one of the biggest reasons why breakfast is so important. You are breaking the fast of the night before to restore your blood glucose level, and thus the main source of energy, which is pretty important when you’ve got a packed schedule.

Restoring energy isn’t the only benefit of breakfast, though. Consider whether you’re a big snacker. Now think about whether or not you make time to eat breakfast in the morning. How about how productive you are in the morning — are you dragging until you finally get to have lunch? These are things making time for breakfast can fix. According to Livestrong.com, making sure you eat breakfast in the morning “improves concentration, problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity, and attention span.” Breakfast will also help to give you a great early morning metabolism boost, plus the added bonus of helping to curb snacking, especially if your breakfast is high in fiber.

Yes, drink your coffee in the morning but make sure it’s going with something beyond a granola bar or donut. Being healthy is a 24/7 job and sometimes it’s as simple as giving yourself an extra few minutes in the morning to make a parfait or to pour a bowl of cereal. Not only will your body thank you for the much-needed fuel, you’ll also have carved out time for yourself in the morning’s that just for you.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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